Nampa police arrest 2 in credit card fraud scheme

NAMPA - Nampa police arrested two suspects this week in a credit card fraud scheme and recovered more than $27,000 on merchandise, the department announced Wednesday. 

Police said they were dispatched on Monday to  the 16000 block of Marketplace Boulevard after. They said two people bought more than $6,000 in merchandise from a store in the area.

Loss-prevention staff monitored the transaction and identified the purchasers as the two suspects in fraudulent credit card use at the Nampa store's affiliate in Pocatello.

Police said that by the time officers arrived, the suspects had moved on to a sporting goods store. Police said the two were defrauding that store of more than $2,800 in merchandise.

Police said the suspects' car was identified in a parking lot, and they arrested 32-year-old Alberto Miguel Torres-Castillo of Virginia and 32-year-old Zuatney Gonzalez of Florida. 

Officers said they seized 15 stolen or counterfeited credit cards from Torres-Castillo and 24 stolen or counterfeited credit cards from Gonzalez.

Police said they also recovered more than $19,000 of merchandise purchased with the fraudulent credit cards in Pocatello, Meridian, Twin Falls, Idaho Falls and Bellevue Wash.

Castillo and Gonzalez are in the Canyon County Jail, and each is charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of possession of a fraudulent transaction card. 

The investigation is on going. 


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